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Old 09-12-2016, 12:43 PM
 
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There are some "low energy bluetooth" iOS compatible obd dongles out now too. I run the LELink one with the OBDFusion app on my iphone to get a boost gauge and other real time info. Being able to use the bluetooth connection keeps you from losing data like you do with the wifi versions. So I can run this and Pandora/Waze at the same time.
https://www.amazon.com/LELink-Blueto.../dp/B00QJRYMFC



Thanks. I'll have to try that one out.
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Old 09-12-2016, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Good info and links, BostonMike and notnamed...
I appreciate them.
GL, mD
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Old 09-12-2016, 04:50 PM
 
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I've got to ask, 'why'? How often do you need to scan your car? If you do need it scanned, autozone et al will do it for free and once you have the code, google is your best friend. I see no reason to spend 100+ dollars for a tool you might only use a few times of owning it. If you REALLY have to have some sort of scan tool, go the iPhone/android app route as a few other people have suggested.
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Old 09-13-2016, 07:19 AM
 
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I've got to ask, 'why'? How often do you need to scan your car? If you do need it scanned, autozone et al will do it for free and once you have the code, google is your best friend. I see no reason to spend 100+ dollars for a tool you might only use a few times of owning it. If you REALLY have to have some sort of scan tool, go the iPhone/android app route as a few other people have suggested.
If all you need is the code read, you don't need a $100 scanner. A cheap $20 reader will do. Really comes down to money vs time/convienence sort of thing at that point


OxGord Code Reader Scan Tool CAN wired OBDII MS300


The $100+ scanners are more for people who need live data reads. If you don't know what the terms "long term fuel trim", "short term fuel trim" and how to read O2 sensor voltages, or check Monitors to verify state OBD2 check status, then you really don't need all that extra capability.


However, it is a valuable tool if you know how to use it. Diagnosing and repairing just one thing may cover the $100 costs alone.


But like said before, you can get all that capability and more out of a much cheaper dongle and phone app these days. But, if you don't know how to use it, then no point really.
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Old 09-13-2016, 04:54 PM
 
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But like said before, you can get all that capability and more out of a much cheaper dongle and phone app these days. But, if you don't know how to use it, then no point really.
I really think this is what is comes down to. For the everyday home mechanic, I highly doubt they need anything more than this (if they need it at all). For mechanics who work on cars for a living, it is a great tool.
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Old 09-14-2016, 03:03 AM
 
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If all you need is the code read, you don't need a $100 scanner. A cheap $20 reader will do. Really comes down to money vs time/convienence sort of thing at that point


OxGord Code Reader Scan Tool CAN wired OBDII MS300


The $100+ scanners are more for people who need live data reads. If you don't know what the terms "long term fuel trim", "short term fuel trim" and how to read O2 sensor voltages, or check Monitors to verify state OBD2 check status, then you really don't need all that extra capability.


However, it is a valuable tool if you know how to use it. Diagnosing and repairing just one thing may cover the $100 costs alone.


But like said before, you can get all that capability and more out of a much cheaper dongle and phone app these days. But, if you don't know how to use it, then no point really.
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I really think this is what is comes down to. For the everyday home mechanic, I highly doubt they need anything more than this (if they need it at all). For mechanics who work on cars for a living, it is a great tool.
very both of you. the scanners, even those that use your cellphones, are neat tools to have if you really need them. but ask yourse;f the question, "do you really need this tool?" are you really going to use it enough to make it worth the money you spend on it? i bought two code scanners, and right now both of them are collecting dust rather than ecm codes. granted at the time i thought i might have a use for them, but now, not so much.
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Old 09-14-2016, 05:00 AM
 
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I've seen ODB'S for as low as 33 dollars and as high as 140....I thought they all did the same thing. Is there a difference in the quality? The lower priced ones don't read all the codes or something?
A serious professional scanner can cost a few thousand $$$. It will do far more than read generic engine codes.

Don in Austin
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:10 AM
 
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but ask yourse;f the question, "do you really need this tool?" are you really going to use it enough to make it worth the money you spend on it?

Myself? Personally? Easy Yes. I've saved thousands as I've always been a gearhead and DIY my own repairs/maintenance.
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:16 AM
 
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A serious professional scanner can cost a few thousand $$$. It will do far more than read generic engine codes.

Don in Austin

Unfortunately, good ole Chinese ingenuity (ie ripping off other people's tech) is bringing those costs down to levels where the average consumer can now get their hands on it.


For example


US$150.00 - Nissan Consult 3 III Professional Diagnostic Tool


The authentic version is $2500+.


You can buy the knock-off for $150, grab an image of the software and install on your laptop, and now can do anything the dealer can.
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Old 09-14-2016, 10:46 AM
 
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very both of you. the scanners, even those that use your cellphones, are neat tools to have if you really need them. but ask yourse;f the question, "do you really need this tool?" are you really going to use it enough to make it worth the money you spend on it? i bought two code scanners, and right now both of them are collecting dust rather than ecm codes. granted at the time i thought i might have a use for them, but now, not so much.
I use mine daily largely as a boost gauge rather than install a physical one. Also monitor temperatures, fuel pressure, calculated hp/torque, and a host of other possibilities. A lot of information that has now been reduced to dummy lights in most cars today.
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